Chelsea are expected to hire Michael Edwards for his vacancy as sporting director, with owner Todd Boehly previously describing Liverpool as a “great success story”.
The man who helped reshape the Merseysiders’ recruitment and built Jurgen Klopp’s world-class squad with intelligent, analytical transfers left Anfield this summer after 11 years.
A source close to Edwards has told Sky Sports News that since the 42-year-old’s decision to leave him was made public last November, the 42-year-old has been watched by Europe’s powerhouse teams – notably Real Madrid and Paris Saint- Germain – as well as being approached by hedge funds and billionaires who want to buy clubs and have him run them.
With Marina Granovskaia leaving Chelsea, Edwards is of interest in becoming their transfer boss, especially as Boehly is an admirer of his Liverpool overhaul, which spanned making the Anfield club a leader in analytics and the move to to orchestrate a £50m training centre.
Speaking at a private equity and venture capital event, the American businessman said: “If you look at the models that are very successful, Liverpool is a great model.
The consortium around Boehly and Clearlake Capital is determined to pave the way forward in a more measured manner.
Edwards has put in place the lasting structures that have restored Liverpool as a national and European force, including the hiring of Klopp, which will continue in his absence.
He has decided to take a break and spend time with his family. Sky Sports News reckons it will take something to “blow the frigging doors off” to even get him to a meeting at the moment, let alone consider a new job in football.
While Chelsea are on the lookout for a sporting director, they have yet to formalize the scope of the role for a recruitment and technical makeover due to the limited transition time available to the new owners.
Granovskaia will remain available to support Boehly and manager Thomas Tuchel in the transfer market, with Petr Cech also said to be involved.
Manchester United are reportedly looking to pursue Edwards but their current line-up rules that out. John Murtough already serves as director of football and Andy O’Boyle is his deputy.
One senior executive was stunned that United have not made every effort to build their reorganization around Edwards, who has transformed his rivals and has precisely the tools the club have lacked to improve the squad and facilities.
Edwards repelled an attempt by Newcastle to become their sporting director last year.
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